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How to Start Saving for a Down Payment for your First Home

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These days, pursuing the American Dream of owning your own home isn’t so easy. However, despite the challenges associated with saving, and the high cost of housing in certain markets, most Americans still want to own their own home. Some even call it a biological urge, based on our human desire to nest.  However, according to former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Americans are still determined when it comes to home ownership. “Americans continue to want to be homeowners and they want to do it in a more careful and responsible way given the crisis that we’ve been through, but there is no evidence that we’re going to abandon the home ownership society.” And as American’s interest in home buying inches up near 2006 levels, the biggest hurdle is saving for a down payment.

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Backyard Renovations by ROI

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For many, backyards can be a place of comfort and peace, a place to retreat to when the hectic energy of your house gets to be too much. And as important as the front and curb appeal is, the back exterior plays an important role in the value of your home. As top Realtor Holly Henbest adds, “Your backyard can essentially add square footage to your home and draw in buyers envisioning a lifestyle.” Depending on the project you had in mind, some backyard renovations can bring in a return as high as 200%. We ranked the list of backyard renovations from highest to lowest return.

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Home of the Month: Dana Point Home Overlooking the Ocean

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This desirable home of the month is located in Dana Point, California with panoramic ocean views. Being so close to the beach and with a custom BBQ island, there couldn’t be a more perfect home of the month for summer. Read More